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Mon

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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4765)
    Performance
    (4354)
    Story
    (4348)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Kfcarter says: "BEST book I have read in a long time"
    "Heartbreaking"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    History, Memory, Humanity


    What does George Guidall and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed listening to both narrators. I esp. enjoyed George Guidall's voice. They both did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried. I've never cried while listening to an audio before, but when Lenka's family is transferred to Auschwitz I finally cried. They had already been through so much and had experienced so much tragedy that my heart just ached for them and every single person that endured the horror, injustice and pure lack of humanity of the concentration camps. I can't begin to imagine living through the Nazi occupation. There are so many layers of grief and suffering that were caused by the occupation - families were separated across countries and oceans, some were left behind to endure or die in a camp, so many people were never able to say good-bye, or just live a normal life, full of normal happiness, suffering and longing. normal. I only imagine the guilt, the ongoing guilt knowing you survived while so many of your innocent family and friends died.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a 5 star book. I wish the ending would have been different. The 2nd half of the audio moves and flows so naturally, and so intensely in a way that it was hard to escape the images from my mind. And then the end of the story came and it just didn't do the rest of the story justice. I was wowed by this heartbreaking story of love and family. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Yes, you might cry but it will be worth it!

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10437)
    Performance
    (9743)
    Story
    (9731)

    Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

    Emily - Audible says: "Wow. This. Book."
    "Hypnotic, Sexy, Stalker"
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    It's been a long while since i've found a book on audible that I couldn't put down. This is that book. Joe Goldberg is obsessed with Beck's - absolutely, certifiably obsessed with Beck's. This is a fast paced erotic thriller. Santino Fontana narrates this story to perfection. I couldn't imagine a better voice. He brings Joe's longing, anxiety, sexual frustration and his desire to possess to life. This story is told entirely from Joe's perspective. Joe is a stalker and he is dangerous and sexy. I lost sleep and to my chagrin, I was seduced by Joe, a psychopath and madman. I think this is the best story I've heard in years. 5 stars all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elle Kennedy
    • Narrated By Lorelei Avalon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (690)

    She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy.... Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice, even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

    Nancy Nurse says: "Love the book, not thrilled with the narration..."
    "More than just YA Romance"
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    Would you listen to The Deal again? Why?

    yes absolutely, this story had substance. It was more than just your typical romance dealing with some pedestrian drama. This story delved into Hannah's past and her struggles and really took something traumatic and gave the reader perspective. Her character grows and becomes stronger throughout the course of the story. I think it was a fantastic listen and it was way more than I expected.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hannah - she is smart, independent and strong. She allows herself to be seen, to be vulnerable and put her trust into the hands of someone she initially hated.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei Avalon – was your favorite?

    I have to admit not loving the narration. It wasn't unlistenable by any means but it just didn't add to the audio. The story is strong enough and has enough hooks in place to keep you thoroughly engaged. Had the narrator been stronger this would audio would have blown it out of the park.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Garrett turns from annoying hockey bro to mildly entertaining guy. When Garrett turns from mildly entertaining guy to friend. When Garrett turns from friend to loyal trusted guard and confident. When Garret turns down all others for Hannah and she's totally oblivious to his puppy dog crush. His character when from annoying cocky frat bro TO sweet, concerned, loving and honest friend.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a nice surprise and I highly recommend. The story is funny and entertaining, and HOT, and deep. It's a slow burn kind of romance (my fav) cause when they finally come together the spark is intense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sincerely, Carter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Whitney G.
    • Narrated By Joseph Discher, Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (645)

    Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we hated each other. We've been there for one another through first kisses and first times, and we've been each other's constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other.) Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we've never crossed the line. Never thought about it. Never wanted to...until one night changed everything. At least, it should've....

    Lunar Ryuu says: "addicting!"
    "Heartwarming, sexy book about best friends"
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    Where does Sincerely, Carter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    for the rom-com reader, this is a good find. and if you like slow burn type listens, then this is a slow burn with some hot scenes. Carter and Arizona's (Ari for short) relationship is centered in being best friends since the 4th or 5th grade (an ongoing debate in their dialogue). They share everything with each other, talk everyday, and spend copious amounts of time together so it's only inevitable that these two characters eventually hook up. Of course this book is a hyper exaggeration of friends hooking up and everything working out. The story is set up so that the stars are aligned , well mostly aligned, so all ends well for these two! But that's why I liked this book. I want a feel good story with a happy ending. God only knows that when I hooked up with my very good friend many many moons ago, things didn't end great and I don't think they do for most. Oh, I digress. Feel good book. Yes, a fun listen and I enjoyed it very much!


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Discher and Jennifer O'Donnell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to these narrators and they did an excellent job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely! I loved their friendship and how it changed over the course of one summer. The dialogue highlighted the comfort they had with each other while navigating sexual feelings, new emotions and uncertainty about their friendship.There was a lot of denial for these two even though they clearly had feeling for each other for a very long time.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book! It has it all - a solid friendship, sexual tension, good sex scenes all wrapped up in a fun sweet story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeleton in the Closet: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Angie Fox
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (783)

    A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone...even a dead someone...must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis' brother, is back with an agenda of his own.

    Beatrice says: "Loved It!"
    "Sweet, Quirky and Southern Ghost Mystery!"
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    What did you love best about The Skeleton in the Closet?

    The first thing that came to mind was the Stookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris. If you enjoyed Sookie's crazy tales then you'll like this series. It's similar yet different enough to keep you entertained!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love her gangster ghost Frankie. He allows her see what other ghosts see, and becomes her friend and guide. Even though he's sort of stuck with her and doesn't have much of a choice but to hang with her. I like that their situation turns into a light friendship.


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    oh she's great. her voice is perfect for this character!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, not extreme but I am enjoying the book. it's fun and entertaining and i am plan to listen to the the remainder of the series at this point. that says something right? I've listened to 2 audios in less than 1 week.


    Any additional comments?

    if you liked the sookie stackhouse series then i think you'll like this book. There is a tiny bit of romance and the set up is really good. The main character Verity and her former fiancés brother Ellis have potential. There are enough kisses and lingering moments to know it's only going to get better. Add their tension to the mix of drama: Ellis' brother, mother, his family legacy and Verity skunk pet and you have a very fun story. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Primates of Park Avenue: Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (736)

    Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

    Elle says: "Feels like girl talk"
    "own your elitism"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the main character was a pain in the ass. I enjoyed the anthropological musings - honestly that was the best part of this book. The worst part was hearing about the author's disdain of a culture she actually wanted to be part of and secretly embraced. she was a fan on park avenue snobbery and had she just owned it, I would have enjoyed this audio more. instead it was following the story of a complainer who just wanted to be at the top of the pecking order. it got old and I was annoyed that she justified all her angst and eventual acceptance behind theoretical jargon. just own it and don't waste my time on needing a birkin bag to keep up with the jones.


    Has Primates of Park Avenue turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes absolutely. there was very little humor in this book. the author took herself way to serious.


    Any additional comments?

    not worth a credit - watch odd mom out instead. it's funny and makes fun of this "lifestyle"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1186)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Magic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Enchantment the most enjoyable?

    Stefan Rudnicki did a great job narrating this imaginative and creative take on sleeping beauty. This story had it all- it's a story of magic, love, good vs. evil and destiny. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. It took me about 2 hours to get totally and completely sucked in!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1426)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Loving this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rule to be better than the print version?

    I've flown through most of this series in the last 2 weeks, and I highly recommend. I'm on Rowdy (book 5) and the Marked Men series is yummy, interesting, addicting and hot!

    My friend at work recommended this series and I'm so glad she did. Each book walks us through the story of a different tattoo artist (with the exception of book 2 where Jet is a local rock star) in Denver, Colorado. The characters are all well developed, and likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like most about the story is that each new audiobook builds on the last, so now that I've begun listening to book 5, I have gotten to know this gang of cool artists living life and loving hard in the Rocky Mountains.


    Have you listened to any of Sophie Eastlake and Michael Rahhal ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time I've heard them and they do a great job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely. And I have lost some major sleep listening to this series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like book 1, then just purchase the whole series. It's one continuous good story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2175)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Julie says: "Loved the first one...."
    "Sadly dissapointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No unfortunately not. I loved the Rosie Project - I thought it was such a smart, fresh, different take at courtship and romance. It was very original. This follow-up felt forced, rushed and wasn't in any way interesting. I found Rosie super irritating and Don for all his planning got himself into one stupid situation after another.


    What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job narrating the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    a better storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the reviews, either you will find this follow-up story of Don and Rosie hilarious or you will be sadly disappointed. If you loved the Rosie Project, then you kinda have to go for it and try it out for yourself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1115)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Try it, you'll love it!"
    "Unexpected! Loved this book."
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    Where does The Descendants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top of the list. I was not expecting to love this book; the writing is simple and powerful, the characters realistic, and the Hawaiian setting perfect to hold a story about loss, grief and reclaiming the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Matthew king's character. He's a bit of a sleeper and slowly wakes to some hard truths and realities. I particularly liked that his character is both gentle and strong.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He has a nice smooth voice. It fit with my imagine of George Clooney as Matthew king.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this audio sometime ago after seeing and enjoying the movie, and just never got around to listening to it. The book is even better and I enjoyed every moment of it. This book kinda wowed me and am now recommending it to all my friends.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What I Love about You: Truly, Idaho, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Emma Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity: her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a 20-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

    Mon says: "Wished it were better"
    "Wished it were better"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Gibson and/or Emma Bates?

    Yes, I like her narration. It's clean, dry and she moves from voice to voice effortlessly.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Gibson again?

    Absolutely. I have downloaded all her audios. I wish audible would release more.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More coupling character development. There just wasn't enough sizzle there.


    Any additional comments?

    While I was not a huge fan of this audio, it has some pluses. The characters from truly, Idaho are entertaining. The story worked- it just wasn't great. Rachel Gibson has set the bar pretty high so when she's nails a story, she nails it! This was not great but good enough.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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